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Consultancy - Girl Hub Nigeria - Social Exclusion Analysis & Vulnerable Girl Reach Strategy

Date Posted: 07/Oct/2013
Deadline: 18/Oct/2013
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TERMS OF REFERENCE Vulnerable Girl ‘Reach’ Strategy

Introduction Girl Hub is a strategic collaboration between the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Nike Foundation. This partnership aims to transform the lives of adolescent girls currently living in poverty. Girl Hub builds evidence, catalyses partnerships and uses innovative communications platforms to reposition girls in society and unleash ‘the girl effect’ – the power of investing in girls to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Nigeria is one of three countries where Girl Hub operates. Hub Nigeria works with local partners in-country including government & donor programmes, as well as alliances of stakeholders working for girls. For Girl Hub Nigeria, Northern Nigeria is the main focus for interventions.

Most of the three million girls of ages 10-19 who live in Northern Nigeria are confronted with high rates of school drop-out, violence, limited access to health information and services, unwanted pregnancy, lack of agency and participation. The current situation paints a dire picture however, this still does not fully describe the full range of vulnerabilities girls face due to their gender and circumstances. Further, even though most girls living below poverty line face a major percentage of vulnerabilities, it is also important to note that vulnerability of girls’ cuts across economic status. Girls who are vulnerable can be found above the poverty line.

Girl Hub Nigeria is committed to reaching the most vulnerable girl, and seeks to develop a robust, detailed and realistically measured ‘reach’ strategy which will ensure that focus, inclusivity and enabling interventions are set out in an integrated strategy which would reach the most vulnerable of girls. The proposed strategy is guided by Girl Hub Ethiopia’s ‘Social Exclusion Analysis of Adolescent Girls in Ethiopia’. This document and its Terms of Reference will serve as a useful reference point for the consultants working on this strategy.

The ‘reach’ strategy should therefore also define vulnerability however, and as a baseline, Girl Hub Nigeria in its inventions works towards reaching girls who are: • Working in exploitative circumstances, including domestic work • Living on the street; • Affected by HIV/AIDS; • Sexually exploited • Living with disabilities; • Lacking reliable adult care; • Isolated and have no access to information • Living in poverty.
• Unlikely to complete school, • At risk of early marriage, early first pregnancy • Lacking access to health services and information • Lacking access to economic assets

Recipient The recipient of this work is Girl Hub Nigeria, however other key partners including DFID Nigeria, Girl Hub Ethiopia, Girl Hub Rwanda, Girl Hub London, Population Council and Mercy Corps will also benefit from this work.

Purpose The information from this strategy will inform Girl Hub’s programme design, intervention and monitoring. It is expected that the document will provide insights/ information and strategies on reaching the most vulnerable of girls.

  1. Scope Project outputs It is expected that the consultant should deliver the following: A) A social exclusion analysis, using existing quantitative and qualitative data as well as primary data from all three states to a) define/describe the most vulnerable, excluded and marginalised girls in Nigeria b) identify who/where they are; and c) analyse the dynamics and drivers of social exclusion for adolescent girls in Jigawa, Kano and Kaduna states. In addition to these items that specifically focus on the ‘last girl’, primary data collection and analysis should simultaneously occur to follow up on a few issues from the baseline that was conducted by the Girl Hub in November 2012 in Kano. This component should involve deeper exploration of interesting findings and contradictions etc. from the baseline report. The data collection tools used for the baseline can be adapted for this component. B) An assessment of the constraints of the Northern Nigeria girl, analysis on what is currently being done to address social exclusion of girls in Northern Nigeria, and analysis of how these barriers to exclusion can be overcome
  2. Review the theory of change and logframe for Girl Hub Nigeria, and develop recommendations/ options for how to develop strategies to a) ensure the inclusion of the most vulnerable, marginalised and excluded girls and b) work to promote inclusion. If appropriate this may include a nested theory of change and specific logframe indicators setting out how to reach this group of girls and track progress. C) A targeting strategy to increase Girl Hub’s ability to focus on the most vulnerable, marginalised and excluded adolescent girls. Be specific about the role of social communications, network analogue and digital media, mentors, role models and peer groups in reaching these girls. D) Recommendations specific to representing and reaching these girls with the communications platform. This should address the potential for networking between girls in this group, how they receive communications and how they communicate with each other. E). Recommendations for strengthening monitoring, evaluation and learning, to ensure that GH Nigeria is clear about which girls it is reaching and the extent of impact on the drivers of social exclusion. This will include clear indicators and recommendations for ways of measurement to ensure we know Girl Hub Nigeria is reaching the most vulnerable girls, and what works for them.

Methodology A detailed methodology for the development of the reach strategy will be developed by the engaged consultant, however, it is expected that it will include the following: • A desk review of existing literature on girls in Northern Nigeria prior to the fieldwork . • A review of relevant existing legislation; laws and policies that can be used as entry points for future legislative advocacy • A review of relevant strategy documents targeting adolescent girls
• Interviews with GHN Insights Manager, GHN M & L Manager and DFID supported programmes’ on adolescent girls operating in the northern states. This will provide insights of ongoing adolescent girls’ programmes, in depth knowledge of adolescent girls and expertise on how to develop a robust measuring tool. • Focus group discussions, participatory research and workshops with adolescent girls in Jigawa, Kano and Kaduna . • Interviews with relevant stakeholders/ influencers in a girl’s life, this would include mothers, boys, fathers, religious leaders in Jigawa, Kano and Kaduna. • Interviews with the practitioners and experts on adolescent girls programming. • A two day workshop to engage Girl Hub Nigeria (including girls) in the development of the strategy.

Monitoring and Learning Component Monitoring and learning is a key issue for Girl Hub. Girl Hub’s programmes require regular monitoring of deployed strategies and interventions in order to track changes, test assumptions and manage risks over time. Therefore, it is expected that the ‘reach strategy’ will include the following: • A monitoring and evaluation plan and framework for the ‘reach strategy’ guided by the GHN’s M&L framework. • Indicators to measure success and innovative monitoring and data collection tools. • Data that is GPS-tagged in order to be included in GHN’s forthcoming mapping platform. • Secondary analysis of GHN Baseline study, DHS 2013 (or 2008 ), MICS 2011 and other relevant data on indicators applicable to vulnerable girls. • Quality control of transcriptions and analysis • Risk analysis of recommendations • Ethical approval from the appropriate authorities to conduct studies and/or research.

Risk Elements Due to the rising insecurity in Nigeria, especially Northern Nigeria, there is the likely possibility that while carrying out this assignment, the team may be impacted/ affected by conflict or insecurity in the North. While some parts of the North and the FCT is relatively safe, the team would need to bear this in mind, put in place a safety strategy as well as err on the side of caution while discharging their duties

Management/ Reporting Arrangements The ‘reach’ strategy document team will be led by an international consultancy team, who will be in charge of quality, managing the output of the other team members, and ensuring the completed report meets international standards, especially the standards of Girl Hub Nigeria. The international consultancy team will report to a sub-team of technical advisors within the Girl Hub. The Adolescent Girl Advisor, Strategy & Practice (Michelle Lokot) who will take the lead on all technical issues.

Deliverables • A detailed work plan (including division of tasks among team members) and outline of report to be reviewed and agreed upon by Girl Hub. • A detailed methodology of the approaches that will be used (5 pages maximum) for Girl Hub approval. • A 50 page (maximum) reach strategy document reflecting all the six components outlined in section 4.1 of this ToR. The report should be logical and coherent and written in plain English. The report should meet international standards and should be fully referenced, cited and linked to the literature review carried out and should include appendices.

Location and Duration a) Location is the 3 GHN focus states (Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa) and Abuja b) Duration: (1st November 2013- 28 February 2014). Exact dates to be agreed upon before contract is signed, but it is anticipated that the fieldwork will occur in January-early February.
c) The total number of days required for this consultancy is approximately 82 days, which includes 10 days for development of methodology and preparation, 3 days for meetings in Abuja, 54 days for fieldwork (15 days data collection and 3 days training in each state), and 15 days for analysis, write-up and finalisation of the report.

Qualifications and Experience Required for Consultant/s It is envisaged that the team should be comprised of 3 consultants (preferable at least 2 should be women). The skill of the team should cover but is not limited to: • Master’s degree in international development, gender or related field, • A strong background in gender analysis and/or social exclusion analysis, • Demonstrated experience in strategy development, including SWOT analysis and organizational capacity analysis, • Experience in using participatory methods including interviews and FGDS - especially with adolescent girls, • A strong analytical background as well as monitoring/evaluation experience including quantitative analysis skills, • Writing experience including reports and articles, • Extensive knowledge of Northern Nigeria and adolescent girls in particular is highly desirable. • It is preferable that at least 1 member of the team is Northern Nigerian, can speak Hausa and has extensive knowledge of Kano, Jigawa and Kaduna states (highly desirable); which are GHN focus states. • Experience of/demonstrable interest in social communications, media and marketing for development purposes would also be an advantage.

How to apply:

Applications for this consultancy close on Friday 18th November. Submissions should include a short proposal including budget and a cover letter clearly explaining how the team fulfils each of the criteria (maximum five pages). Please note budgets should only reflect personnel costs, not travel or other expenses. In addition, a detailed CV (not more than 4 pages for each team member) should also be submitted.

Please send submissions to Michelle Lokot, Adolescent Girl Advisor: Strategy & Practice –[email protected]. Any technical inquiries should be submitted to Michelle Lokot before Friday 11th October in order to receive a response prior to the submission deadline.


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